The mission of the University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to integrate education, research, and clinical practice to provide sound professional preparation in order to graduate physical therapists who are competent, compassionate, and ethical and who will serve their patients/clients and communities through the practice of quality, evidence-based physical therapy.

University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program Bulletin University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program Curriculum University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Fact Sheet

Program details:

  • The DPT program is located in a state of the art facility at 4190 26th Avenue South, Fargo, North Dakota. This location will give students a wide variety of clinical affiliations in which to learn while supported in the University of Jamestown tradition of dedicated faculty and staff.
  • The program consists of 118 credits of classroom and clinical instruction.

 
The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Jamestown is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE): 1111 North Fairfax Street; Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://capteonline.org. The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 701-356-2136 or email svoorhee@uj.edu.

University of Jamestown General Admission Policy

Consideration for admission to the University of Jamestown is available to all students who meet University admissions requirements without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disabilities, sexual orientation, or veteran status, in accordance with the law. The University reserves the right to deny admission, continued enrollment, or re-enrollment to any applicant or student whose personal history and background indicate that his or her presence at the University would endanger the health, safety, welfare, or property of the members of the academic community or interfere with the orderly and effective performance of the University's functions.

Application Information

There are two avenues to be admitted into the University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

  • Freshman Direct Entry: Applications submitted senior year of high school with admittance into the Program as a first semester freshman at the University of Jamestown.
  • PTCAS.org: Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.
Application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service
Early Decision Program
o The University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program participates in the early decision program through PTCAS. The application deadline for early decision is August 15, 2019. To be eligible for early decision to the University of Jamestown, you must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate total GPA of 3.25, a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.25 and a minimum GRE verbal score of 145. Qualified applicants will receive an interview and an admission decision by September 25, 2019. If you chose to apply through early decision, you can only apply to the University of Jamestown. See PTCAS for details regarding early decision.
Regular Admissions
o For those who do not apply through the early decision program in PTCAS, UJPT has a rolling admissions process. Applications will be processed as they are submitted and verified in PTCAS with a final application deadline of February 3, 2020.
o Interviews will take place on scheduled dates in November 2019 and April 2020. Offers will be made to qualified applicants beginning in November 2019. After review of the application, a student may be accepted, rejected, or a decision may be deferred to the spring deadline. It is to your advantage to apply early.


All required documents must be uploaded into PTCAS for processing; do not mail documents to the Program. Incomplete and/or unverified applications are not accepted. The Program does not interview candidates via Skype or similar programs. All costs associated with the interview process are the responsibility of the applicant.

University of Jamestown Doctor of Physical Therapy Program gives preference to University of Jamestown, Jamestown ND, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead MN and Concordia College, Moorhead MN graduates.

Admission to the professional physical therapy program is based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution by June 1, 2020.
  • Official transcripts from all higher learning institutions that you have attended.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in all undergraduate courses (GPA calculation includes repeated courses).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 in all prerequisite courses listed in the prerequisite table (see Bulletin pg. 22; GPA calculation includes repeated courses).
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 hours observation, volunteer, and/or paid work in a physical therapy setting signed by a licensed physical therapist.
  • Signed Essential Function Statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    o One from work supervisor
    o One from licensed physical therapist
  • Submission of GRE scores:
    o The Program currently does not have a minimum GRE score.
    o University of Jamestown PTCAS GRE code: 3885
    o GRE scores obtained more than 10 years ago are not accepted.
  • Submission of TOEFL scores, if applicable. Acceptable scores are as follows:
    o TOEFL score 525 Paper
    o TOEFL score of 195 Computer
    o TOEFL score of 70 Internet-based
    o An IELTS band score of 5.5


University of Jamestown protects applicant rights, including due process. If an individual feels that he or she has been treated unfairly in the admissions process, he or she may wage a complaint with the Admissions Review Committee. The Admissions Review Committee is composed of the Director of the Physical Therapy Program and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Prerequisites


At least nine of the thirteen prerequisite classes must be successfully completed to be considered for an interview. All coursework must be successfully completed and a bachelor’s degree received from an accredited institution by June 1, 2020.

Any coursework completed after the application deadline will not count toward cumulative or prerequisite GPA calculations. However, cumulative and prerequisite GPAs must continue to meet minimum requirements.

For more information, see the:

University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Bulletin

The University of Jamestown reserves the right to rescind an admissions decision due to various circumstances deemed appropriate by the University; including, but not limited to personal behavior and social conduct that may poorly reflect the University of Jamestown values.

Basic Tuition

Tuition for students during the 2019-20 academic year is $710 per credit. Basic tuition does not cover items listed in the Professional Fees below. Tuition, and other costs, are subject to revision by the University on an annual basis.

Books

Costs for books will vary dependent on the instructor and requirements for the curriculum.

Professional Fees

APTA membership, ExamSoft, EXXAT, technology, background check, and clinical education fees – $480

Additional Costs

Student equipment bag, first year, fall semester – $200
CPR certification – $65
Transportation and housing related to clinical practicums/internship varies dependent on clinical education site location
Clinical affiliation requirements, for example, drug screening or fingerprinting

*all costs other than tuition are estimated.

Financial Aid for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Students

To be eligible for financial aid a graduate student:

  • must not be receiving aid as undergraduate for same period of enrollment;
  • must be enrolled in a program above the bachelor’s level or one leading to a first professional degree;
  • must file Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if a Federal Direct Loan is desired. The website for FAFSA information is fafsa.gov.

 

U.S. Department of Education
The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program is the largest federal student loan program. Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender. There are two types of Direct Loans available to graduate students.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [commonly called the FAFSA] each year.

Annual Limit: $ 20,500 Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Aggregate Limit: $138,500 Direct Loan
(No more than $65,500 of this amount may be in Direct Subsidized Loans. The graduate debt limit includes all federal loans received in undergraduate study.)

Direct Grad PLUS Loans are loans made to graduate or professional students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.
There are no fixed annual or aggregate loan limits for PLUS Loans. A graduate or professional student may be awarded a Grad PLUS Loan up to the student’s cost of attendance.

Alternative or Private Education Loan Programs
It is recommended that students exhaust all federal, state and university scholarships or grants, and federal subsidized direct loans before seeking a private loan. Private loans help students bridge the gap between federal aid eligibility and the cost of attendance. Private loans are based on credit-worthiness, may offer fixed or variable interest rates, and may require students to submit a FAFSA.

Choosing a lender is an important financial decision. We encourage students to extensively research private loan lending options to identify the lender whose terms best meet their needs. We maintain a preferred listing of private lenders through which we have processed private loans for our students. Loan options can be compared and applications accessed from choice.fastproducts.org. For a more in-depth look and comparison of participants in the Private Loan program visit finaid.org. We will certify a private loan through any lender for an eligible student, whether that lender is on our preferred lender listing or not.

NOTE: A separate Private Alternative loan application is required for each academic year.

Assistance for Financial Aid
Students accepted for the Physical Therapy Program may apply for financial aid through the University of Jamestown. All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to be considered for federal financial aid, including student loans. The FAFSA and renewal FAFSA can be completed online at www.FAFSA.gov. Students will be notified of their financial aid awards through email or postal mail. A representative of the Financial Aid Office will visit the Fargo campus at the beginning of the fall semester to answer questions and discuss financial aid directly with students.
Students may contact the financial aid office at any time with questions regarding financial aid. Questions may be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at 701-252-3467, ext. 5556 or by emailing a financial aid staff member.


Financial Aid Policies, Disclosures & Guidelines
Return of Title IV Funds Policy & Disclosure Statement Masters Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines

Additional Information

  • Only official forms will be accepted for appeals. They may be found on the University of Jamestown website and are available in the Financial Aid Office.
  • The Financial Aid Committee will strictly adhere to the stated deadline for appeal.
  • The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to adjust Satisfactory Academic Progress verbiage as deemed appropriate and necessary at any time.



Amy Myers
Associate Director of Financial Aid

701-252-3467 ext. 5568
amyers@uj.edu

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Sara Voorhees, PT, MPT, PhDDirector of the Department of Physical Therapy

Certifications/Degrees: MPT and PhD University of Delaware
Teaches: Clinical Assessments, Theory of Exercise, Research

Email:svoorhee@uj.edu
More information about the chair.

Certifications/Degrees:
University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine, Post-doctoral training in Motor Control,
Federal University of Rio Grade do Sul—Brazil, Post-doctoral training in neuroscience
Federal University of Rio Grade do Sul—Brazil, PhD in neuroscience
Federal University of Rio Grade do Sul—Brazil, Master’s degree in neuroscience
Lutheran University of Brazil, Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy

Email:alessandra.swarowsky@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Physical Therapy: University of North Dakota; Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS): American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

Email:Brittany.Anderson@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications:
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Degrees:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota; Minneapolis MN
Bachelor of Arts, Southwest Minnesota State University; Marshall MN

Email:Jackie.Madsen@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: BSE, Minot State University, Minot, ND; MLS, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

Email:mhedberg@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications
Geographic Information Science, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND

Degrees
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Minnesota; Minneapolis MN
In progress, Master of Arts, Anthropology, North Dakota State University; Fargo ND

Email:amunns@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: Associate Degree, Information and Communications Technology; North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton ND

Email:corey.gilge@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:
College Teaching Certificate, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
BS, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
PhD, North Dakota State University; Fargo, ND

Email:James.Schanandore@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications:
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy

Degrees:
PhD in Education, North Dakota State University; Fargo ND
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND
Bachelor of Science, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND

Email:mwolden@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota

Email:ben.wolden@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota
BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of North Dakota
Sports Physical Therapy Residency, University of North Dakota
Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program, Evidence in Motion
Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy
Titleist Performance Institute Medical Level 2 Certified

Email:jeffrey.ferguson@uj.edu

Certifications/Degrees:

Certifications:
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist, American Hippotherapy Certification Board

Degrees:
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND
Bachelor of Science, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks ND

Email:tara.haj@uj.edu


CAPTE Accreditation

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Jamestown is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE): 1111 North Fairfax Street; Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://capteonline.org. The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 701-356-2136 or email svoorhee@uj.edu.


Complaints about the University or Program

Any complaint that would fall out of the realm of due process regarding the Physical Therapy Program and/or University (for example, from clinical education sites, employers of graduates, and the public) may be addressed to the University of Jamestown, Physical Therapy Program, 4190 26th Avenue South, Fargo ND 58104. If an individual has concerns about sending the complaint to Program personnel, he or she may send it to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Jamestown, 6092 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405. The Program and University take all complaints seriously and will review any complaint in an expedient manner and take any appropriate action that is warranted.

Once a complaint is made, the Program Director or the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be directly involved in contacting the complainant and gathering any available information (within 15 business days). The Vice President for Academic Affairs will be notified of all complaints. If the matter is resolved, the Program Director or the Vice President for Academic Affairs will write a letter to the complainant acknowledging resolution of the matter. A copy of the letter will be kept on file in the Program Director’s office and the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office for five years.

If the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant or the complaint is about the Program Director, the complainant may submit a written complaint directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Jamestown, 6092 College Lane, Jamestown ND 58405. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will meet with each party separately and may schedule a combined meeting with the two parties in order to resolve the complaint. A letter outlining the resolution by the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be filed with the complaint in the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office. A copy of the resolution may be sent to the complainant at the discretion of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A copy of the letter will be kept on file in the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ office for five years.


Process of Filing a Complaint with CAPTE

Any complaint regarding the University of Jamestown Physical Therapy Program may also be filed with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org


Graduate Outcomes

DPT Graduate Employment Report: Class of 2016 and 2017 DPT Graduate Employment Report: Class of 2017 and 2018
Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Two-Year Average
(calculated using Class of 2017 and 2018 outcome data)
Graduation Rate 97% 100% 100% 100%
National PT Exam Pass Rate 94% 97% 94% 95.7%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%

Relevant State Licensing Requirements

  • University of Jamestown
    Doctor of Physical Therapy
    4190 26th Ave S
    Fargo, ND 58104

  • 701-356-2136
  • Jackie Madsen, PT, DPT Associate Professor, Admissions Coordinator

    Jackie.Madsen@uj.edu | PH: 701-356-2136 ext. 5902

  • Sara Voorhees, PT, MPT, PhD Director of the Department of Physical Therapy

    svoorhee@uj.edu | PH: 701-356-2136 ext. 5903

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